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    I live in a low crime area, but we do have gangs of inner city youth coming from Hartford to our area a few times a year to steal unlocked cars. I've always kept the car locked since an incident 20 years ago on New Years Eve where someone got into our cars, and did malicious damage. I was pretty sure who did it, but the cops didn't really care. There had been some kids with mini bikes riding up and down our road at high speed, and one neighbor had called the cops on them, I had just yelled at them to slow down. I had a lavender sachet torn apart and flower buds all over my car- my husband had about a hundred CDs in his car and they took them, threw them in the road and drove over them. The neighbor had their streetside lighting bashed, and a few other neighbors mentioned random damage to mailboxes etc.

    We lock the house at night but not during the day but I will if I know I am home alone for a long period. There are only a dozen houses on this street (dead end) and 3 past me so I know what the usual traffic and usual vehicles are.

    We removed the bushes around the house. There's a stone wall across the front of the property which psychologically at least, says stay out. We do have a shotgun but have never used it.

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    We have a lot of things going on around the house that could be helpful but aren't really for crime. We have cameras on the front and back. They set of an alarm on our phones when tripped. We have a motion detector on the driveway (one beep) and along the front walk and pond area (two beeps) so we know when anyone or thing is approaching the house. We have two large loud dogs who know the difference in alarms and beeps and act accordingly. We have motion detectors in the front and back that spray water. We have an alarm system on our door and windows and inside motion detectors that we haven't activated since I moved in. DH has a Louisville Slugger, I have a Glock and my personality. We are at the back of a Cul-de-sac and are home most of the time as are most of our neighbors who are retired and Gladys Kravitz has nothing on them!

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    Simplemind, you made me remember that we have a LOT of motion detectors, but as you said, they're not really for crime--the first year we had none and it was so dark out there it was a miracle we didn't kill ourselves walking to the car at night. Now we have motion sensor lights at every stage of the walkway. Not sure how much of a deterrent that is if a stranger were to approach the house, but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt.
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    Living in Murder City as I do, we do not have handguns. DH has a couple of long guns intended for hunting, but he never uses them.

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    Three of the houses in my immediate neighborhood were home to working folk who occasionally travelled, but now either work from home or are collecting unemployment. So now there is more neighborhood activity, cars parked around, and more lights at night. Possibly a theft deterrent pandemic effect, although I suppose minor.

    About half my neighbors leave porch or yard lights on all night. Mine is dark/light activated and I do leave it on at times at night when it won't attract bugs. I have a motion activated flood light, but when the wind would blow and rustle trees and bushes it would come on, which was a nuisance. I do have some outdoor solar lights around parts of my walkways and back yard that stay on much of the night.

    My home defense weapon is an old hunting shotgun that has had a few legal modifications. I keep it unloaded near the front door and might have to hunt around for shells, but I think the sound of the pump mechanism being racked back and forth might have a fear effect. I think of it as mostly a feel good security item.
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    Oh our porch light is on all the time and we have motion sensor lights.

    Roger, for SURE having eyes and ears on your street from those at home helps deter crime. Standing and watching people who “don’t belong” on my block is a double edged sword. It sends a message to the criminals that hey, people are watching.

    It also makes innocent people uncomfortable. I felt bad a couple weeks ago when I was out working in my flower garden out front and I took a moment to stare at a guy in an old beat up car. He got out of his car and came over to talk to me, and come to find out he was a neighbor from around the corner and I knew his story. So I’m sure he felt that he had better introduce himself or I will be calling the cops. And that is too bad.

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    I purposefully moved into a secure building and choose the top floor to be safe.

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    I live on a street with lots of old retired men who seem to watch every move we make. I don't think intruders or porch pirates would stand a chance. We have heavy duty deadbolts and no cameras. The back fence facing the alley is padlocked when we are not there.The biggest thing for us is keeping the car in the locked garage when not using. Thieves are always walking around checking for unlocked cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    I lock my doors, park the car in a garage, keep an eye out when I'm near a window in the front of the house...

    That said, I was just talking about crime with friends in Oregon, and I discovered that my suburb has less crime than about 75% of the country, and one murder every ten years or so, so I feel pretty comfortable. I did have mail stolen a few years ago.
    I grew up where you live. I lived there for 43 years. Back in the day no one had to lock their houses or cars. I wish I could turn back the clock and live there again..

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    Living as the country as we tend to do, we are usually surrounded by neighbors who are retired military, and they are always armed, so I think they are a deterrent to crime. I have felt quite safe with the neighbors I have.

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